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Boeing negotiating with NASA on future SLS Core Stage production

22 Jan 2020, 19:26 UTC
Boeing negotiating with NASA on future SLS Core Stage production
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Now that the first of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stages has shipped from the factory, prime contractor Boeing is refining production plans for the second flight article and continuing negotiations with the civilian space agency for future production. The production team at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans is applying lessons learned from the process of completing the first Core to building the second one while NASA and Boeing are planning to build more.

NASA and Boeing have agreed to begin ordering long lead elements for the third Core that the agency prizes for the final flight in a series of launches for the high-priority Artemis 3 mission. Once the long lead items like machined structures and early parts arrive at MAF the current estimate is that production in the factory will take three years.
With the long lead orders placed, there should be enough margin to produce the rocket stage in time to fly Artemis 3 by the December, 2024, deadline; however, before that work can accelerate a new contract between the agency and the contractor still must be agreed to. NASA decided late last Summer to sole-source a production and evolution contract for future ...

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